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    Gain conceptual, technical, and practical skills in media analysis, production, and management.  In the Media Studies program, you'll  learn to think critically about the creation, distribution, and reception of historic and emergent media forms in a global context.

    The BA/BS in Media Studies is designed specifically for adults and transfer students who want to be well prepared for professional work in a range of media fields such as film, video, web, mobile, print, games, and social media.  The major also offers pathways to a Bachelor's-Master's option with the MA in Media Studies. The program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary breadth and its commitment to creating media in the service of a more just and humane world.

    Guided by a faculty of practicing professionals, award winners, and industry leaders, you may choose to complete a short film, write a feature screenplay, devise a business plan for a media startup, study the history of world cinema movements, or analyze the role of social media in a global human rights campaign.  Whatever your aspirations in our changing media landscape, you can find a path that works for you.

    Choose from a range of concentrations:

    • Cinema Studies
    • Film Production
    • Media Entrepreneurship
    • Media and Social Change
    • Screenwriting
    • Self-Designed Study

    Flexible Study Options

    Designed for adults and transfer students, our program can be completed through part-time or full-time study, and offers once-a-week evening courses, plus online learning options. The screenwriting and self-designed concentrations can be completed entirely online.

    New School students come from a remarkable range of professional and academic backgrounds. We value the life experience that each student brings to the classroom.

    As part of the New School Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students, the Media Studies major enables you to transfer up to 84 credits into program, including credits earned for relevant life experience.

    The University and New York City

    Take advantage of the unmatched internship and professional opportunities of New York City. Our location in one of the world's media capitals gives you access to academic, cultural, and industry events on and off campus. The undergraduate Media Studies program is strengthened by its relationship with The New School's pioneering MA program in Media Studies and MS in Media Management, and with Parsons, a world-class college of art and design that's part of The New School.

    Career Paths

    Media Studies graduates are prepared to begin careers as entrepreneurs, administrators, technicians, artists, and workers in the highly varied areas of modern media and its related industries. Options include camera technician in established forms (television, film), manager in a new media company, new media technology entrepreneur, independent filmmaker, film production assistant, advertising production manager, and marketing researcher. Students are also prepared to pursue further academic study in media studies or a related field, and may apply to continue their academic work at The New School through graduate programs such as the MA in Media Studies and MS in Media Management.

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